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Nursing issues
Risk assessment and strategic action are required to protect at risk minority groups of healthcare workers in future COVID-19 pandemics
  1. Akhtar Ebrahimi Ghassemi
  1. Independent Researcher, Rochester, New York, USA
  1. Correspondence to Professor Akhtar Ebrahimi Ghassemi, Independent Researcher, Rochester, New York, USA; aghassemi11{at}

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Commentary on: Martin CA, Pan D, Melbourne C, Teece L, Aujayeb A, Baggaley RF, Bryant L, Carr S, Gregary B, Gupta A, Guyatt AL, John C, McManus IC, Nazareth J, Nellums LB, Reza R, Simpson S, Tobin MD, Woolf K, Zingwe S, Khunti K, Abrams KR, Gray LJ, Pareek M; UK-REACH Study Collaborative Group. Risk factors associated with SARS-COV-2 infection in a multiethnic cohort of United Kingdom healthcare workers (UK-REACH): a cross-sectional analysis. PLoS Med 19(5):e1004015. doi: 10.1371/journal.pmed.1004015

Implications for practice and research

  • To protect healthcare workers (HCWs) from at risk minority groups during pandemics, it is important to develop targeted evidence-based healthcare strategies based on the demographic characteristics and occupational factors.

  • Research should focus on developing policies and risk assessment scales to inform preventive strategies and treatment options aimed at different ethnic groups of HCWS in upcoming outbreaks of COVID-19 pandemic. It is crucial to carefully examine the underlying factors influencing …

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  • Competing interests None declared.

  • Provenance and peer review Commissioned; internally peer reviewed.